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134w ago - Today Squarepusher (aka Twinaphex) has released what he calls PS3 RetroArch v0.9.6, a homebrew multi-system video game emulator for the PlayStation 3 entertainment system which runs on PS3 CFW and Debug consoles!

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File Names: PS3 RetroArch.PS3.v0.9.6.FOR.CFW.KMEAW.PS3 / PS3 RetroArch.PS3.v0.9.6.FOR.CFW.PS3 / PS3 RetroArch.PS3.v0.9.6.FOR.DEBUG.PS3

To quote: Here is the release of RetroArch PS3 - a multi-system emulator/game system. Expect a lot more from us in the coming months. Included in this package are the following emulators/game engines:

  • SNES9x Next (Super Nintendo)
  • FCEUmm (Nintendo NES)
  • Final Burn Alpha (0.2.97.26 - latest version - arcade)
  • Gambatte (Game Boy/Game Boy Color)
  • Genesis Plus GX (Sega Genesis/Sega Master System/Sega Game Gear)
  • VBA Next (Game Boy Advance)
  • PrBoom (Doom 1/Doom 2/Ultimate Doom/Final Doom)

RETROARCH PS3 - 0.9.6

RetroConsole Level 2

Themaister, Squarepusher/Twin Aphex

After over half a year of development (well, slightly more) and lots of preparation work, we can finally present you with RetroArch for PlayStation 3.

HOW TO INSTALL THIS

ON DEBUG PS3

Put the PKG file 'retroarch-ps3-v0.9.6-debug.pkg' on your USB stick, put it in your PS3. Go to the PS3 XMB - go to the Game tab - Select 'Install Packages', and install the PKG file.

ON CFW PS3

Put the PKG file 'retroarch-ps3-v0.9.6-cfw.pkg' on your USB stick. Put it in your CFW PS3. Go to the PS3 XMB - go to the Game tab -
select 'Install Packages', and install the PKG file.

ON CFW Kmeaw PS3:

Put the PKG file 'retroarch-ps3-v0.9.6-cfw-kmeaw.pkg' on your USB stick. Put it in your CFW PS3. Go to the PS3 XMB - go to the Game tab - select 'Install Packages', and install the PKG file.

HOW TO USE THIS

On first startup, RetroArch will select one of the dozen or so emulator/game cores. The name of the core currently loaded will be shown at the top side of the screen.

You can now select a ROM that this core supports and load it in the Filebrowser.

To select a different core in the menu - press Select to go to the Settings screen. From here, go to the 'Retro tab', and select 'Default emulator core'. Press X to go to a filebrowser where you can select a different core. Press X to confirm, then exit RetroArch. Start up again to boot up to the new emulator core.

To change to a different core ingame - press R3 to bring up the 'Quick Menu'. Select 'Change libretro core'. Press X to go to a filebrowser where you can select a different core.

INGAME CONTROLS

During ingame operation you can do some extra actions:

  • Right Thumb Stick - Down - Fast-forwards the game
  • Right Thumb Stick - Up - Rewinds the game in real-time
  • ('Rewind' has to be enabled in the 'Settings' screen - warning - comes at a slight performance decrease but will be worth it if you love this feature)
  • RStick Left + R2 - Decrease save state slot
  • Rtick Right + R2 - Increase save state slot
  • RStick Up + R2 - Load selected save state slot
  • RStick Down + R2 - Save selected save state slot
  • L3 + R3 - Go back to 'Menu'/'Quick Menu'

WHAT IS RETROARCH?

RetroArch is a modular multi-system emulator system that is designed to be fast, lightweight and portable. It has features few other emulator frontends have, such as real-time rewinding and game-aware shading.

WHAT IS LIBRETRO?

Libretro is the API that RetroArch uses. It makes it easy to port games and emulators to a single core backend, such as RetroArch.

For the user, this means - more ports to play with, more crossplatform portability, less worrying about developers having to reinvent the wheel writing boilerplate UI/port code - so that they can get busy with writing the emulator/porting the emulator/game.

WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?

Right now it's unique in that it runs the same emulator cores on multiple systems (such as Xbox 360, PS3, PC, Wii, etc).

For each emulator 'core', RetroArch makes use of a library API that we like to call 'libretro'.

Think of libretro as an interface for emulator and game ports. You can make a libretro port once and expect the same code to run on all the platforms that RetroArch supports. It's designed with simplicity and ease of use in mind so that the porter can worry about the port at hand instead of having to wrestle with an obfuscatory API.

The purpose of libretro is to help ease the work of the emulator/game porter by giving him an API that allows him to target multiple
platforms at once without having to redo any code. He doesn't have to worry about writing input/video/audio drivers - all of that is
supplied to him by RetroArch. All he has to do is to have the emulator port hook into the libretro API and that's it - we take care of the rest.

PLAYSTATION 3 PORT

The PS3 port of RetroArch is the most developed of the two right now. It has all the features the standalone PS3 emulators had, with the addition of:

  • Game-aware shading in every emulator now (*)
  • Real-time rewinding
  • More shader features (motion blurring, etc)
  • Switching between emulator cores seamlessly, and ability to install new libretro cores

Included with RetroArch PS3 are a bunch of shaders - including the latest versions of the popular xBR shader. It is possible to use two shaders simultaneously to get the best possible graphical look.

* Check out Opium2k's manual shaders for Zelda 3 and others - you can find DLC packs for RetroArch at this site:

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EMULATOR/GAME CORES GBUNDLED WITH PS3 PORT

The following emulators have been ported to RetroArch and are included in the first PS3 release of RetroArch:

  • Final Burn Alpha (Arcade - various) [version 0.2.97.26]
  • FCEUmm (Nintendo Entertainment System) [recent SVN version] (*)
  • Gambatte (Game Boy | Super Game Boy | Game Boy Color) [version 0.5.0 WIP]
  • Genesis Plus GX (Sega SG-1000 | Master System | Game Gear | Genesis/Mega Drive) [version 1.6.0] (**)
  • SNES9x Next (Super Nintendo/Super Famicom)
  • VBA Next (Game Boy Advance)
  • Prboom (for playing Doom 1/Doom 2/Ultimate Doom/Final Doom)

All of the emulators listed above are the latest versions currently available. Most of them have been specifically optimized so that they will run better on PS3 (some games would not reach fullspeed without these optimizations).

* This port was previously called FCEU Next.
** This port was previously called Genesis Next.

WHAT EXTENSIONS ARE SUPPORTED BY EACH CORE

  • Prboom: WAD|wad
  • SNES9x Next: smc|fig|sfc|gd3|gd7|dx2|bsx|swc|zip|SMC|FIG|SFC|BSX|GD3|GD7|DX2|SWC
  • Genesis Plus GX: md|smd|bin|gen|zip|MD|SMD|bin|GEN|ZIP|sms|SMS|gg|GG|sg|SG
  • VBA Next: GBA|gba
  • FCEUmm: nes|NES|unif|UNIF
  • Gambatte: gb|gbc|dmg|zip|GB|GBC|DMG|ZIP
  • Final Burn Alpha: zip|ZIP

ZIP SUPPORT

FOR EACH CORE (except for Final Burn Alpha): When you press 'X' on a ZIP file in the File Browser, its contents will be extracted to the /dev_hdd1/ partition. From there, you can load the ROM and play.

FOR Final Burn Alpha: Selecting a ZIP file from the Filebrowser will load that game directly.

What can you expect in the future?

  • A public release of RetroArch Wii that is on the level of RetroArch PS3/RetroArch 360
  • An official Android port of RetroArch (no, no App Store 'fee' - 'free' as in beer AND as in libre)
  • Port of NxEngine to libretro - runs Cave Story (PC version is already done, now for the consoles...)
  • Port of MAME 0.72 to libretro
  • Port of VICE to libretro
  • Port of ScummVM to libretro
  • More emulators, more games that will run on RetroArch
  • Lots of other crazy ideas that might or might not pan out

Credits

  • Mudlord for his Waterpaint/Noise shaders.
  • Hyllian for the xBR shader.
  • Opium2k for the nice manual shaders (bundled with PS3 release).
  • Deank for assistance with RetroArch Salamander on CFW PS3s and Multiman interoperability.
  • FBA devs for adopting the libretro port.
  • Ekeeke for help with the Genesis Plus GX port.

Websites

Twitter: twitter.com/libretro
Source: github.com/libretro
Homepage: libretro.org
Opium2K DLC for RetroArch: code.google.com/p/retro-arch/
IRC: #retroarch (freenode)

From STLcardWS (via psx-scene.com/forums/content/retroarch-2283/):

Would like to give you some additional info been playing with this for about 6-8 weeks now.. I tested about 30 doom wads and these are the working ones i found..

  • prBoom (Playable Wads tested)
  • Doom
  • Doom2
  • TNT
  • Plutonia
  • Chex Quest
  • Ultimate FreeDoom (Playable from Ep. #2, will crash on Ep. #1)
  • Doom3: Mr. Smiley Head's Safari
  • Duke Nukem Total Conv. for Doom2
  • Goldeneye 007 Total Conv.

Gambatte

  • GameBoy
  • GameBoy Color

VBA Next

  • GameBoy Advance

Genesis Plus GX

  • Sega SG-1000
  • Sega Game Gear
  • Sega Master System
  • Sega Genesis

FCEU Next

  • Nintendo Entertainment System (NES)
  • Nintendo Famcom Disk System

SNES9x Next

  • Super Nintendo (SNES)

Final Burn Alpha V0.2.97.24 (Unconfirmed FBA list)

  • Capcom CPS-1
  • Capcom CPS-2
  • Capcom CPS-3
  • Neo-Geo MVS/AES
  • Sega System 16A
  • Sega System 16B
  • Sega System 18
  • Sega X-Board
  • Sega Y-Board
  • CAVE
  • Tatio
  • Konami
  • Psikyo 68EC020 Based Hardware
  • PGM
  • Toaplan
  • PC-Engine/Tg-16 (??)
  • SuperGrafx (??)

Also, Please NOTE the FBA ROMset is synced with the latest MAME ROMset (Affects NEO-GEO/CPS-1/CPS-2/CPS-3) Others Arcade boards should be fine.. Now I am not 100% sure but i believe this version of FBA 0.2.97.26 will emulate TurboGrafx16 / PC-Engine/Supergrafx. Please Note this info is from testing unofficial Builds.

Included Cores: (via github.com/Themaister/RetroArch/commit/2a9441d411425fd578d00d5ed4b030c3b8a373b3 commit)

RetroArch 0.9.7 RC1 - (via github.com/Themaister/RetroArch/commit/0890fced4be2909508cca0ae1e0f7f3add05c3e3 commit)

  • Snes9x Next - Super Nintendo
  • FCEU_MM - Nintendo Famicom / NES
  • Gambatte - Gameboy & Gameboy Color
  • VBA Next - Gameboy Advance
  • Final Burn Alpha - Arcade
  • PR-Boom - Doom, Doom 2 etc.
  • Genesis-Plus-GX 1.7 - Sega Genesis / Megadrive, Master System, Game Gear, SG1000 & Sega CD / Mega CD
  • iMame4All - Arcade (Based on Mame 0.37b5)
  • Mednafen_PCE_fast - NEC PC-Engine / Turbo Grafix 16 & CD, Super Grafx
  • Mednafen_wswan - Bandai Wonderswan

Bugs & Issues

  • iMame4All and Mednafen_PCE are WIP and some bugs / issues do exist.
  • With both of these cores, they will crash if you try to load a ROM while a ROM is running. To get round this issue, when you want to change the game / ROM, Press R3 then select "Change Libretro Core" and reselect the core.
  • Save States are also not working on iMame4All and Mednafen_PCE at the moment.

Notes on PRBOOM and related files:

  • You need to put [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror: [Register or Login to view links]) in the same folder as the DOOM WAD files.
  • Music playback is only with MP3.
  • You may experience a crash when changing WADs, Select change "LibRetro Core" from the in game menu and select PRBOOM.SELF instead of just loading the WAD.
  • It is compatible with Doom, Doom2, Plutonia and TNT.
  • Some custom WADs are working, [Register or Login to view links] a WAD Pack by STLcardsWS.
  • Final Burn Alpha - Based on version 0.2.97.26. Make sure you have the right ROMs or you will have problems.
  • Genesis-Plus-GX - Sega CD Emulation requires a sega cd bios in the same folder as your ISO / BIN files. The BIOS ROM files be named bios_CD_J.bin (Japan), bios_CD_U.bin (US) and bios_CD_E.bin (Europe)
  • Mednafen_PCE - PCEngine / Turbo Grafix CD Emulation requires the BIOS to be in the same folder as the ROM you are trying to load. It needs to be named syscard3.pce
  • iMame4All - Based on Mame Version 0.37b5, again make sure you have the right romset.

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT BIOS AND CD PLAY from BahumatLord:

All bios files need to be placed in /dev_hdd0/game/SSNE10000/USRDIR/cores/system

For Sega CD the bios files must be named EXACTLY like listed below

  • European BIOS = bios_CD_E.bin
  • Japanese BIOS = bios_CD_J.bin
  • USA BIOS = bios_CD_U.bin

As of right now I've only tested 2 bios files from the No-Intro set. The first is 1.00 which is the very first model and the second is 2.11X which is from the very last model.

Unfortunately, CD Audio Track support is not working 100%. I loaded Sonic CD and can play the game flawlessly, but the soundtrack does not play. I will check other games later tonight. It could be related to the PREGAP line in the CUE sheet. Not all games will use that line.

It has been suggested that loading BIN/CUE files by selecting the CUE file will break the emulator causing you to need to reinstall. I have not run into that problem yet. I believe it's due to the CUE sheet containing a line at the very top containing the word CATALOG. Some programs add this line but it is completely unnecessary.

Make sure your CUE file contains only lines starting with FILE, PREGAP, TRACK, or INDEX. You can edit it with any text editor like notepad. You should also make sure that the file line points to the EXACT name of the BIN file. Case is important!!

From opium2k (via psx-scene.com/forums/content/retro-2290/):

To demonstrate the capabilities of Retro Arch and more specifically maister's manual reader shader I've been working on some implementations for the past couple months to show off just a taste of some of this shader's uses.

Pages of the manual are changed by the user with a key combination of (enter+Q or W) on PC and (Start+L1 or R1) on PS3. The biggest limitation of the shader is your imagination. As demonstrated in the videos below, it can be used for things such as maps, guides, instruction manuals, cheats, passwords, etc.

Additionally, the dimensions, positions and number of pages are completely customizable. For example, the Mortal Kombat 1 example is only 8 pages while the Chrono Trigger one is 136!








Due to restrictions on the PS3 I've created two versions for each download. The PC versions are better quality and zipped. The PS3 versions are smaller and in .PKG files. I haven't tested them on any other systems but you're welcome to try.

All-in-One Pack - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]

Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past Maps (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]

Bubble Bobble Passwords (NES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]

Chrono Trigger Strategy Guide (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]

Mortal Kombat 1 Moves List (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Street Fighter 2 Turbo Moves List (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
X-Men: Children of the Atom Moves List (FBA) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]

Bubble Bobble Manual (Gameboy) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Final Fantasy 3 Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Golden Axe Warrior Manual (SMS) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Harvest Moon Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Kirby's Dreamland 3 Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Kirby Superstar Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Legend of Zelda: Link's Awakening Manual (Gameboy Color) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga Manual (Gameboy Advance) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Megaman 7 Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Megaman X1 Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Megaman X2 Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Megaman X3 Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Mortal Kombat 2 Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Mystical Ninja Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Out of this World Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]

Road Rash Manual (Gamegear) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Streets of Rage 1 Manual (Genesis) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Super Gameboy Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Super Mario Bros 3 Manual (NES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Super Mario RPG Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
Super Mario World Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
WWF Raw Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]
X-Men: Mutant Apocalypse Manual (SNES) - [Register or Login to view links] | [Register or Login to view links]

INSTRUCTIONS:

PC Versions

  • Unzip a reader to the directory of your choosing.
  • Open retroarch-phoenix.exe and navigate to Settings>Video
  • Next to Shader/Filter Settings click Open
  • Next to Cg pixel shader click browse
  • Navigate to where you unzipped the shader folder and select name_of_shader.cgp
  • Back in the main Retro Arch Window click the large Start Retro Arch button
  • -ENTER+Q / ENTER+W are used to change pages

PS3 Versions

  • Place the PKG file on external media such as a flash drive
  • Install the PKG on your PS3 from the Install Package Files menu
  • Run Retro Arch and select the rom you want to play
  • Open the Menu by pressing L3+R3
  • Press Select to access the settings
  • Highlight Shader Preset (CGP) and press X
  • Navigate to: /dev_hdd0/game/SSNES10000/USRDIR/cores/presets/name_of_shader/
  • Select manual_reader.cgp (it will take 5-30 seconds to load)
  • Press L3+R3 again to exit the menu and resume playing your game
  • -START+L1 / START+R1 are used to change pages

Finally, below are some unofficial builds from pete_uk (via ps3crunch.net/forum/threads/3785-Unofficial?p=42408#post42408):

These builds are unofficial as they were compiled by myself from the RetroArch (github.com/Themaister/RetroArch) and LibRetro (github.com/libretro) Git's. Install the official version and then update it using the PKG attached below.

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

Recent Changes

RetroArch:

  • (PS3) Set Makefile for PS3 RGL back to SNC as default compiler
  • (PS3) Removed ps3_video_psgl.h
  • (PS3) Refactored some code - added 5x scale

Genesis-Plus-Gx:

  • (libretro) J-CART multiplayer now working (Micro Machines, other Codemasters games, etc.)
  • (libretro) working two-player controls

From deank: Here is PS3 RetroArch CEX v0.9.7 RC2 mM 20120821 with 10 emulator cores compiled by me (for CEX/CFW PS3s only):

  • All cores (except for iMame4all) are supported in the upcoming mM 04.05.00 (Retro/mmOS).
  • "Return to multiMAN" option in InGame menu now works (thanks Squarepusher/Twinaplex)
  • Pressing "UP" in InGame menu goes to last option of the list for faster selection
  • The upcoming ZIP support in mM allows loading any zipped rom from mM
  • Coverart for the new types of ROMs is also supported
  • You'll be able to load ROMs from network PC (zipped, too)
  • Recompiled WSWAN and removed iMame (twinaplex suggestion) for Rev A.








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Update: RetroArch v1.1 is coming in early September with a lot of new changes!

RetroArch v1.1 - What to expect (via libretro.com/index.php/retroarch-v1-1-what-to-expect/)

Here's a rundown on what you can expect from RetroArch v1.1, the next version of RetroArch to be released. Please bear with us that it has taken us so long since v1.0.0.2 to come up with a new official release. This v1.1 version has been long in the making to ensure that this new version will be a big major milestone for RetroArch in general. So, here's what the release will comprise of -

Going all PSP - PPSSPP core




We have ported the popular PlayStation Portable emulator, PPSSPP, over to the libretro API. This marks the second big libretro implementation to be using libretro GL after Mupen64 Plus.

It is shaping up to be a very stunning release. Linux users will especially appreciate the changes we've made which makes it possible to run PPSSPP in DRM/KMS mode (something which wasn't possible in standalone since glew has X11 dependencies).

We're aiming for two modes of operation. One mode will be in which the PPSSPP core functions much like standalone - where it saves everything inside a main PPSSPP assets directory and you install games from PPSSPP's GUI. The other mode is more like a headless mode - the way every libretro core has functioned up until now. Saves will be saved in .srm form and it will be possible to directly boot ISOs/PBPs/.BINs without having to install them first from a GUI. There's something to be said for both modes of operation.

We of course take no credit for any of the real emulation work in PPSSPP - the only thing we take credit for is porting it to the libretro API. We take nothing away of the accomplishments made by this team and we hope that the libretro port can be pushed upstream once it's done. Please pay them a visit at PPSSPP: PSP emulator for Android, iOS, Windows, Linux, MacOSX, Blackberry, Symbian and support their efforts to improve PSP emulation - they've already come a long way in the two years it has been public.

We've made some screenshots of the core in action which you can check out here and on Twitter. We're striving to expose as many of PPSSPP's features as possible through core options for headless mode operation.

Needless to be said, we think this will be one of the main standout features of RetroArch v1.1. Hopefully it will open up people's minds about how RetroArch and libretro doesn't necessarily mean retro-grade graphics - some of these games like Tekken 6 and Soul Calibur Broken Destiny don't look far removed from their PS3 versions when upscaled to 2x or 3x. And to see it running as fluidly as it does in RetroArch without any audio breakup whatsoever or any frames dropped is a sight to behold.

The PPSSPP core will be available for PC (we're aiming for Linux/OSX and Windows), and mobile (iOS/Android/Blackberry). After version 1.1 is released, we will research an Xbox 360 port.

Going all PSP - RetroArch PSP



Just having a PSP core would be one thing, but RetroArch v1.1 is going to go one extra mile by also simultaneously appearing on the PSP itself.

Nearly all of the credit for this port should go towards aliaspider- I played only a minor but crucial part in the proceedings. He has really done a bang-up job porting over a great many new cores over that are useful for the PSP, as well as improving the performance of existing cores so that they run well on the PSP.

Right now we have greatly improved the performance of FCEUmm, NXEngine, Gambatte, Mednafen PC Engine (and others) so that they run fullspeed at PSP. Please keep in mind that a PSP for general purpose code is about two times as slow as a Raspberry Pi. So you're dealing with a very weak CPU here, and so it necessitates specific PSP-specific code to really get the most out of its performance. And thankfully the libretro API allows for this - the libretro API doesn't prevent you from taking advantage of PSP-specific hardware features in order to speed up performance inside a core.

Aliaspider also made a port of TempGBA over to the PSP. This is a Game Boy Advance emulator based on gpSP Kai (itself based on gpSP - a now defunct emulator by Exophase). There's also a preliminary port of the popular CPS2/Neogeo emulator, but it isn't yet done. No idea yet if this core will make it for the v1.1 release.

Like hunterk's previous blog post indicated, the portability of RetroArch is really coming into its own now. With the PPSSPP core, it will be possible to run RetroArch PSP itself. So essentially what you have is that RetroArch PSP can be made to run inside a PSP emulator which itself is being run inside a native platform version of RetroArch. How much farther can we go from here? The future only knows.

New cores

Several new cores will be appearing. We made a port of fMSX and BlueMSX to the libretro API. This was a home computer released in the mid-1980s that was backed up by a consortium of companies (among them a little company called Microsoft and another small fish called Sony). Oddly enough, while it couldn't really be considered a major worldwide success, it was relatively popular in Japan and (of all countries) The Netherlands. This home computer is also noteworthy for receiving some of the first games Hideo Kojima made in his career, such as Penguin Adventure (one of the first games I ever played BTW) and Metal Gear 1/2.

There will be RetroKeyboard support for these cores to sweeten the deal, but we will also try to have some sane default configs for the RetroPad per-game for some of the more popular games.

There will also be a Vectrex core, Vecx. This was another '80s game console, and the main notability of this game console is that it wasn't using sprite rasterization but rather vector-based. For all practical purposes it could be considered the first real home console capable of '3D graphics'.



Lakka - a new GUI beginning



Lakka will appear inside RetroArch starting as of version 1.1. So far, users have been using a very low-fi menu called RGUI. It is perfectly scalable from low-resolution displays to high-definition TVs, but there's no denying it looks very much like something you would expect from a DOS program.

Lakka will be a more full-featured eyecandy UI. It will require OpenGL support inside the RetroArch version, so expect this to be usable on RetroArch PC and Android/iOS/Blackberry (PS3 maybe if it makes it for v1.1).

In terms of features and appearance, Lakka looks a lot like the PSP's XMB frontend.

In the future, more menu drivers can be added, each being tailored towards a specific enduser preference. We have made the menu code far more generic to allow for different implementations which doesn't require the coder to rewrite all the settings logic again and again.

You can watch a video of a prototype in action here - keep in mind that this is still a prototype and that the final version will look a lot more refined. In case you wonder, the guy showcasing it here is one of the authors responsible for the Lakka GUI - Jean-Andre Santoni (known also as kivutar).





Audio DSPs / Software Video Filters

We already touched upon this in the previous blog post about RetroArch v1.0.0.3 (which has now morphed into version 1.1). This feature has been implemented and it makes it possible to apply audio DSP filters and video software filters to RetroArch's audio/video output.

Blackberry 10

Revamped iOS / OSX ports

X-Arcade Tankstick support



I received an X-Arcade Tankstick courtesy of Xgaming, and in return this device will be fully supported. Android support will be added, and I will also look into making it possible to bind it in RetroArch as two separate game controllers instead of it being recognized as a keyboard.

After v1.1, I will look into adding USB input drivers for the PlayStation3, Wii and Xbox 360 ports so that we will be able to use the X-Arcade Tankstick on thosee consoles as well without using their proprietary gamepad converter (which costs an additional $30).

Revamped Android port

Improvements to existing cores

Lots of improvements have been made to Mupen64Plus since the last new release, as well as a lot of other cores. We will also try to bring over the MAME/MESS 2014 cor e to Android - this might not appear on the Google Play Store since this will increase the APK size by about 150MB or so - instead a more fully featured version might be available on our new website.

New server

Starting with the release of v1.1, there will be another big change - a new server (Virtual Private Server), and with it will come a buildbot. We will finally have the ability to do continuous integration tests and have daily builds for the cores and the RetroArch platform versions. The existing website will soon be moved over to the new host - the transition will be as seamless as possible to the user, so hopefully you guys won't notice when we finally make the switch.

So when will it come?

The rest of this month will be spent by me and others feverishly working to get all of this stuff in a presentable state. We also want to do a fair bit of Quality Assurance so that this next big version will be very solid. The estimated release is somewhere in early September. A new release is contingent on all these different factors all coming together. In case some parts might take longer than expected, we might just drop a version of v1.1 with some of these features being added later.

In any case, you shouldn't have to wait longer than early September. Again, we're sorry for some of the delays and announcements from before but we're really trying to ensure here that this next RetroArch release will be a real big gamechanger and so the delays are justified from that perspective. Hopefully you'll agree once it is dropped.

Also, I'm sure I neglected to mention a fair few new features as well in this writeup. In any case, there have been far too many changes since February of this year to sum up in one blog post. When v1.1 hits I will put up a more comprehensive overview of everything that has been added, changed and improved.

#46 - PS3 News - 42w ago
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Following up on the previous updates, today RetroArch PS3 v1.0.0.2 is officially released from PlayStation 3 developers Squarepusher (aka Twinaphex) and piaf with details below.

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Changes: PlayStation 3 - v1.0.0.2 - RetroArch.PS3.v1.0.0.2.FOR.DEX.PS3 Changelog

  • Analog input works now – cores that support RETRO_ANALOG (such as TyrQuake) should now have working DualShock controls.
  • Analog mapping to D-pad works now for all cores.
  • Optimized slimmed down GL driver implementation some more, resulting in even lower video latency.
  • All the changes made to RGUI since the last release (Core Information, reorganized Settings, possible to map frontend actions to gamepad buttons/analog axes, etc)
  • Addition of Stella (Atari 2600) Core

Cores currently supported for RetroArch (PS3)

Core / Emulated

Stella - New

  • Atari 2600 VCS

MAME 2003 - Added v1.0.0.0

  • Arcade- MAME 0.78 Romset

Final Burn Alpha


  • Arcade - FB Alpha v0.2.97.30

Genesis Plus GX

  • Sega SG-1000
  • Sega Game Gear
  • Sega Master System
  • Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
  • Sega CD / Mega CD

SNES9x Next

  • Super Nintendo

VBA Next

  • Game Boy Advance

Nestopia

  • Nintendo NES
  • Nintendo Famicom Disk

FCEUmm

  • Nintendo NES

QuickNES

  • Nintendo NES

Mednafen PCE Fast

  • Turbo Grafx 16 / PC-Engine
  • Turbo Grafx CD
  • Super Grafx

Mednafen NGP

  • Neo Geo Pocket

Mednafen VB

  • Nintendo Virtual Boy

Mednafen Wonderswan

  • WonderSwan
  • WonderSwan Color

prBoom

  • Doom I / II

Tyrquake

  • Quake

NX Engine

  • Cave Story

Gambatte

  • Game Boy
  • Game Boy Color

From Method36 comes an ODE port of RetroArch also (linked above) with details, as follows:

Make sure your retroarch.cfg contains this:

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Likewise, make sure your USB drive contains the retroarch/savefiles and retroarch/savestates folder hierarchy from its root.

No issues running the ISO- I actually extracted its contents, modified the cfg to suit my needs, and rebuilt the ISO using Cobra's genps3iso tool. My config looks like this, for reference:

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I also created the corresponding folders in my USB drive and then plugged it into the slot closest to the BD drive (usb000). Extract zip, optionally modifiy retroarch.cfg to suit your needs, then generate ISO with genps3iso.

Let me see what I can do, I've been moving this week. Once I unpack my PS3, I'll upload the 1.0.0.1 ISO I have on my ODE drive.

Here's the Retroarch ISO (linked above) I'm curently using. For my purposes, I've scrubbed most of the cores, as I only use the NES, SNES, Gens, and GBA ones.

Also note that I'm on Bootloader 1.2 and MCU 1.6 and using genps3iso 2.1, if that makes any difference. Never updated to any of the newer versions simply because I did not have any issues with what I was currently on.

Update: Squarepusher has now announced (via libretro.com/index.php/upcoming-retroarch-1-0-0-3/#comment-2306) that a RetroArch v1.0.0.3 new update is incoming soon!

So I should do these more often. It has been quite some time since the last point release, and I’m glad to announce that things are heating up and we’re coming closer to another major release.
So let’s run through some of the things you can expect this time. Some things MIGHT still not make it for this release – but rest assured I’m working on all this and more!

New Soft Filter Spec

For years we’ve basically tried to say ‘no’ to CPU-based filters, but in the end I think it was the right choice to do away with this dogma. Whether we like it or not, a programmable pipeline for GPUs is not available for every console out there, and some CPU filters can run at fullspeed with cores even on low-performance consoles/handhelds.

So we’ve revised the Soft Filter spec and upgraded it. It now features the following:

  • Multi-threading support (which allows the CPU to use more than one core to process the filter),
  • Allows for several different SIMD implementations (which theoretically allows us to create optimized SSE2/SSE3/NEON routines for filters),
  • An effort has been made to rewrite all the existing filters to C
  • More filters have been ported over.

Please be aware that a soft filter has to basically care about supporting two different color formats that a libretro core could use. One of these is RGB565 – 16-bit color – the other is XRGB8888. If you select a filter and you will find that the name shows ‘N/A’ – this tells you that the filter you just selected does not support the color format that your current core is using. Eventually we are going to strive to make every filter support both color formats.

Another important note – soft filters won’t work for Libretro GL cores like Mupen64. You’ll have to use shaders there instead.

New DSP Filter Spec

The DSP filter spec has been in RetroArch for a long time but not really much had been done with it. We’re now bringing it out more into the open and including support for it in our built-in menu system as well.

Some of the new features include:

  • Multi-threading (just like the new Soft Filter specification)
  • Options per DSP filter can be supplied through a config file
  • Possibility to stack DSP filters
  • Several different SIMD implementations of the filter function can be incorporated into the same filter. This allows for optimized versions of the code for SIMD vectorization technologies like SSE, SSE2, NEON, and Altivec (among possible others).

PSP port

So it’s been no secret that we have been working on a PSP port of RetroArch for quite some months now. Obviously, this right now is the least powerful RetroArch port so far (in terms of CPU power it is about half the speed of a Raspberry Pi), but we’re still striving to make RetroArch a really nice affair on the PSP.

We will need more time to really deliver though when it comes to the cores. Thanks to the great commits of Aliaspider, we have already managed to achieve fullspeed emulation with Gambatte (at the very least), and through some custom PSP code we have also managed to get FCEUmm to run more or les at fullspeed on the PSP as well.

It’s up for debate whether we will want to whip out a version of RetroArch PSP in time for version 1.0.0.3 – maybe we should wait until we have more cores behind our belt that are really appealing to PSP users, or maybe we should just get this into PSP users’ hands as quickly as possible and then supply them with lots of regular updates with each new version.

I have some plans at least to look at every great standalone PSP port and deliver a libretro port in some way. At least NJEMU (the CPS1/2/Neogeo emulator) is being strongly considered. Maybe Daedalusx64 at some point as well.

PlayStation 3 / Xbox 360 / Xbox 1 / Wii port

So what are these ports all going to get? Well, they’re going to get for the first time all of the built-in Soft Filters and Audio DSP filters. This is something that has been requested at least a couple of times by users of the console ports, so it’s good that we’re finally supplying that now.

Before release I’ll also hope to have single-pass shader support back into the Xbox 360 port. This coupled with the Soft Filters should be an adequate solution for people wanting more eye candy in their old games – since we can’t really go overboard with FBO scale sizes on the 360 like we can on the PS3 because of the 360′s paltry amount of RAM available for rendertargets.

Other things? The Wii port is now going to support overlays – so will the PS3 port.

Other things we’ve been working on but won’t make it in time for 1.0.0.3:

  • Shader parameters. This is what Themaister is working on right now. This will be really cool – it will allow parameters to be passed to shaders through a config file. Several shaders have certain variables that control certain aspects of what the shader does to the output image – changing these parameters will affect what you will be able to see on the screen. It will also be possible to change these parameters from our built-in ingame menu.
  • Menu drivers. Up until now, you’ve seen this really low-key, retro GUI. After version 1.0.0.3 is out of the way, you will see at least two new menu drivers that will be really eye candy-pleasing – one will be Lakka, a GUI that models itself very closely to the XMB GUI seen on the PlayStation3 and PSP. Another menu driver that we will be introducing is a menu driver that will be based on one of mudlord’s tech demos – RetroArch Advertro. Basically this menu is going to function like the Secret of Mana ring menu. Both of these menu drivers will obviously use OpenGL for rasterization purposes.
  • I’m still going to be working on the Windows Modern UI/Surface/Phone ports. I still need a Windows 8 Phone – so gifts are still very much welcomed there since we are in lack of a device there. I do have development environments set up for Windows 8 and Windows RT so that is no problem. The Surface RT 1 is a bit long in the tooth by now but it’ll suffice for basic development.

I could have talked about some of our more exciting upcoming announcements, but maybe it’s best if I talk about that later after RetroArch 1.0.0.3 is released. As for an ETA? I’m hoping to get it out at least within the next two weeks – the sooner obviously the better, but it will come down to how much work I can crank into these next two weeks.

Also – a lot more core work has been done as well. If you are using Windows and/or Android and you want an ‘in-development’ version to see how things are shaping up, you could always check out Lordashram’s 0-day builds that he posts on the forum.

Update #2: RetroArch PSP (BETA) Released

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To quote (via libretro.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=17812#p17812): Any feedback/bug reports are greatly appreciated. please specify your psp model and used CFW if possible.

Currently contains following cores:

  • gambatte
  • tempGBA
  • fceumm
  • fmsx
  • beetle-pce-fast
  • nxengine
  • prboom

More cores may be added in the future if they prove to be fast/stable enough to run on the PSP. bios files go into the cores/system directory.. for psp slim/go, make sure you disable iso cache, and enable high memory layout to allow acces to the extra 32MB ram. (can be changed from your cfw recovery menu).

This is a beta release so use it at your own risk

Known issues:

  • some cores require more than 32MB ram and will not work on psp-1000.
  • cannot create saveram in tempGBA with some games.
  • nxEngine(cave story) takes too long to start.
  • loading games from compressed files takes too long.

Resolved issues:

  • tempGBA now correctly saves sram to the correct folder (.sav extension)
  • fixed an issue with tempGBA when loading compressed archives.

Additional information:

  • main menu can be accessed with the 'note' button.
  • some cores require the following bios files present in the system directory (default is RetroArch/cores/system) in order to run : tempGBA : gba_bios.bin
  • fmsx : MSX.ROM MSX2.ROM MSX2EXT.ROM MSX2P.ROM MSX2PEXT.ROM FMPAC.ROM DISK.ROM MSXDOS2.ROM PAINTER.ROM KANJI.ROM
  • pce-fast : syscard3.pce (required for PCE-CD emulation only, very slow)
  • prboom requires prboom.wad in the same folder as the wad you want to load, you can get it here
  • you need to properly set your 'Extraction Directory' in 'Settings'-->'Path Options' to be able to load from compressed archives.
  • .zip and .7z archives are supported.
  • fps display is deliberately being forced to on in this debug build. it will be deactivated (and controlled from the main menu instead) in later builds.
  • this tempGBA build doesn't use frameskip, so expect framerate to sometimes drop below 60fps. this will hopefully be resolved in the future with either frameskip, or better, a custom hardware accelerated video renderer.

Update #3: RetroArch PSP Update v1.0.0.3 r1

Resolved issues:

  • tempGBA now correctly saves sram to the correct folder (.sav extension)
  • fixed an issue with tempGBA when loading compressed archives.

RetroArch PSP 1.0.0.3 beta2 (via libretro.com/forums/viewtopic.php?p=17812#p17812)

From aliaspider: This update includes a heavily improved pce-fast core.

  • For psp-1000
  • For psp-2000+, this version will hopefully make it not necessary to change your cfw settings to access the 32MB extra ram.

Any feedback/bug reports are greatly appreciated. please specify your psp model and used CFW if possible. Currently contains following cores:

  • gambatte
  • tempGBA
  • fceumm
  • fmsx
  • beetle-pce-fast
  • nxengine
  • prboom

More cores may be added in the future if they prove to be fast/stable enough to run on the PSP.
bios files go into the cores/system directory..

This is a beta release so use it at your own risk

Known issues:

  • some cores require more than 32MB ram and will not work on psp-1000.
  • cannot create saveram in tempGBA with some games.
  • nxEngine(cave story) takes too long to start.
  • loading games from compressed files takes too long.
[*]'Restart RetroArch' option doesn't work.
[*]pressing left/right when in the menu can sometimes close it.
[*]most users reported blackscreen when running it on ps-vita (TN-V10).

Resolved issues:

  • tempGBA now correctly saves sram to the correct folder (.sav extension)
  • fixed an issue with tempGBA when loading compressed archives.
[*]pce-fast: fixed most graphical glitches and improved speed a lot. most CD-rom games now run close to fullspeed.

Additional information:

  • main menu can be accessed with the 'note' button.
  • some cores require the following bios files present in the system directory (default is RetroArch/cores/system) in order to run: tempGBA : gba_bios.bin, fmsx: MSX.ROM MSX2.ROM MSX2EXT.ROM MSX2P.ROM MSX2PEXT.ROM FMPAC.ROM DISK.ROM MSXDOS2.ROM PAINTER.ROM KANJI.ROM, pce-fast: syscard3.pce (required for PCE-CD emulation only)
  • prboom requires prboom.wad in the same folder as the wad you want to load, you can get it here (github.com/libretro/libretro-prboom)
  • you need to properly set your 'Extraction Directory' in 'Settings'-->'Path Options' to be able to load from compressed archives.
  • .zip and .7z archives are supported.
  • fps display is deliberately being forced to on in this debug build. it will be deactivated (and controlled from the main menu instead) in later builds.
  • this tempGBA build doesn't use frameskip, so expect framerate to sometimes drop below 60fps. this will hopefully be resolved in the future with either frameskip, or better, a custom hardware accelerated video renderer.

Update #4: PlayStation 3 developer doobz has made available an unofficial PoC Atari Jaguar emulator for RetroArch on the PS3 with details below, as follows:

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Some Issues of this Emulator:

  • Speed Issues (10-20 FPS depending on game)
  • Sound Very Laggy at best
  • Save / Load States not working

A Few Tips:

  • Disable Audio - Audio Options --> Mute Audio --> ON
  • If you are of drinking age: Get a drink and the speed may increases (more drinks the better)

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#45 - jjoseca - 44w ago
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thanks for the update

#44 - Troop116rules - 45w ago
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If you actually meant that you have this version, you seem to be mistaken. 6.60 Pro is a PSP firmware version. This emulator package is only for PS3, for which you need to be on 3.55 or lower firmware.

#43 - darksidewalker - 49w ago
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I want to play the king of fighters 2002, but each emulator or package I downloaded is never wrong please, someone pass me the complete package?

I'm on 6.60 pro

 

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